Biography

Global Leader in Project Management and Business Agility!

+80
Projects Delivered
$20 Bi
in Global Initiatives
16
Books Published
250
Keynotes in 40 Countries
Ricardo Viana Vargas

Ricardo Vargas is a chief advocate in the project economy.

Specializing in implementing innovative global initiatives, capital projects and product development, Ricardo has directed dozens of projects across industries and continents, managing more than $20 billion in global initiatives over the past 25 years.

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Ricardo shares his expertise and passion with millions of professionals around the globe through his “5 Minutes Podcast,” which he has hosted since 2007.

He has written 16 books on project management, risk and crisis management, and transformation, which have been translated into seven languages and sold more than half a million copies.

Ricardo has delivered 250 keynote addresses in more than 40 countries.

His influence on the sector was affirmed when he became the first Latin American to be elected Chairman of the Project Management Institute.

More than two decades ago, he founded Macrosolutions, a global consulting firm with international operations in energy, infrastructure, IT, oil, and finance.

His work as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur in artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, chatbots, and machine learning resulted in tools and products that have revolutionized how users bring agility and agile management into project management software.

Consulting - Training - Workshops
Ricardo introducing the Brightline Initiative at the TED Headquarters in New York City / 2017.

Between 2016 and 2020, Ricardo directed the Brightline Initiative, a Project Management Institute think tank that brings together leading global organizations into a coalition dedicated to helping executives bridge the expensive, unproductive gap between strategy design and delivery.

Ricardo led the development and delivery of a Coursera Massive Open Online Course on “Bridging the Gap Between Strategy Design and Delivery,” viewed by more than 26,000 students around the globe.

Under his leadership, the coalition launched the Brightline Transformation Compass: pioneering a human-centric approach to transformation.

Prior to his work with Brightline, Ricardo directed the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Infrastructure and Project Management Group.

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and with operations in more than 120 countries, Ricardo and his team led more than 1,000 projects and $1.2 billion in refugee camps, rural roads, maternity clinics, and housing efforts, and managed the sustainability program, responsible for the first Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) report in the United Nations system.

Niamey / Niger - 2016
Ricardo during the filming of the documentary / Syria - 2016

Following his time at the UN, he collaborated to document the lives of the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan and create the treatment for the documentary, “Zaatari: Memories of the Labyrinth,” a German-Brazilian production that is currently in several stream services globally.

The film showcases the tragedy of war and the men, women, and children seeking a different life.

Read more about the movie and watch the trailer!

Ricardo started his career with two partners founding AeC in Brazil, where he was responsible for the services and training areas.

A company with three initial employees grew and diversified the business from traditional software sales into outsourcing, project management, call center, and IT services, becoming one of the leading technology groups in the country. When Ricardo decided to leave to internationalize his work, the AeC Group had 1,500 employees.

Today, Ricardo continues to enjoy the progress and success of his two former partners, who are now leading the current 40,000 employees.

AeC Photos - Past and Present

Certifications, credentials, and affiliations

Ricardo has been accredited with the most prestigious certifications in the project, organizational agility, portfolio, and risk management fields.

He has also earned accolades ranging from the PMI Distinguished Award, to the IPMA Achievement Award, to the AACE Total Quality Management Award for his global project management leadership.

A dual citizen of Brazil and Portugal, Ricardo holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Federal Fluminense University in Brazil an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, as well as a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

When he’s not traveling the world to share his passion for strategic transformation, Ricardo enjoys gardening and cooking with his wife and daughters in their sunny place in Portugal.

Ricardo Viana Vargas

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Ricardo specialized in implementing global initiatives, capital projects, and product development, managing more than $20 billion in international projects in the past 25 years. He wrote 16 books in the field and has delivered 250 keynote addresses in 40 countries. Ricardo also created and led the Brightline Initiative from 2016 to 2020 and was the director of project management and infrastructure at the United Nations, leading more than 1,000 projects in humanitarian and development projects. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, a master's in Industrial Engineering, and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering.


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Passionate about transforming ideas into action, Ricardo Vargas is a chief advocate in the project economy. Specializing in implementing innovative global initiatives, capital projects, and product development, Ricardo has directed dozens of projects across industries and continents, managing more than $20 billion in global initiatives over the past 25 years.

Ricardo shares his expertise with millions of professionals around the globe through his “5 Minutes Podcast,” which he’s hosted since 2007. He has written 16 books on project management, risk and crisis management, and transformation, which have been translated into six languages and sold more than half a million copies, and has delivered 250 keynote addresses in more than 40 countries. His influence on the sector was affirmed when he became the first Latin American to be elected Chairman of the Project Management Institute.

More than two decades ago, he founded Macrosolutions, a global consulting firm with international operations in energy, infrastructure, IT, oil, and finance.

His work as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur in artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, chatbots, and machine learning resulted in tools and products that have revolutionized how users bring agility and agile management into project management software.

Between 2016 and 2020, Ricardo directed the Brightline Initiative, a Project Management Institute think tank bringing together leading organizations into a coalition dedicated to helping executives bridge the expensive, unproductive gap between strategy design and delivery.

Prior to his work with Brightline, Ricardo was Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Infrastructure and Project Management Group, leading more than 1,000 projects and $1.2 billion in humanitarian and development projects.

Ricardo holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Federal Fluminense University in Brazil and an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, as well as a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.

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